Base-coat your rug material if desired. After the base coat dries, use a straightedge to guide your stencil placement. Apply your design in a contrasting color with a stencil brush and stencil, cleaning the stencil before moving it to a new section. When the paint is dry, seal and protect the design with clear polyurethane.
Before painting walls, wash them with trisodium phosphate (TSP) and repair any cracks or holes. If your house was just built and your walls have not been painted before, it’s a good idea to apply a wallboard sealer before painting. For old drywall and plaster, a stain-blocking primer can help hide water stains or other marks.
To paint a wood floor, clean and sand the surface (filling any cracks with wood filler), then apply an oil-base sealer. You can use either oil-base or latex paint. Alkyd or modified epoxy latex porch and floor paint is a good choice for high-traffic areas. A polyurethane coating (a type of varnish) will help protect painted floors. You might want to use a water-base varnish because oil-base varnishes yellow over time.
Use a roller with a long handle to cover large floor areas, although a brush is fine for small areas. Remember to plan your escape route: Start in a corner and work toward your exit to avoid stepping on wet paint.
When decorating an outdoor or indoor living space, I aim to create a seamless flow between both spaces. Many homeowners consider their outdoor living areas an extension of their homes and spend a great deal of time under the skies dining, entertaining, or relaxing outdoors in warmer weather. My theory is that the outdoor space should reflect the home’s interior design so the areas blend together harmoniously.
When planning your outdoor space, consider the following or contact me for professional guidance:
Compatibility Both Ways. Your outdoor furnishings should be compatible with the architecture and aesthetics of your home and the surrounding landscaping. When planning your budget for your outdoor living areas, be sure to account for furnishings. If your interior has iron accents and furnishings, bring that element to the outdoor space. This will keep the eye moving and will make the home seem so much larger.
Create Outdoor Rooms. Think about how you will use your outdoor living areas and then design it by the way you prefer to use it. If you like to cook, create an outdoor kitchen and nearby dining area close to the house for ease of service. If you like to relax, hang a hammock further away from the bustle and noise for sweet silence. I’m big into a few chairs around a fire pit for immediate and cozy lounge feel. You’ll see the transformation.
Reflect Your Style. Add patterns, color and textures to your liking through accent pillows, linens upholstery and event pottery. Mix solids and stripes with florals or patterns for an eclectic vibe. A simple fountain, wind chimes, or herb gardens can be the right relaxation you need after a day at the office.
With warmer weather around the corner, now is a good time to think about how you would like to use your outdoor space this Spring. Delivery times vary by manufacturer and it’s never to late to start.